October 12, 2023 | ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | By Adriana Kyncl

If you are like me: an adult who hasn’t grown out of your Harry Potter addiction – so much so that it’s a bit embarrassing – then the Harry Potter movie marathon at Roadhouse Cinemas is for you.

I’ve been gatekeeping this for a while because tickets sell out so fast, but I decided that the general Colorado College population needs to know about it. Every Wednesday night and Saturday morning, Roadhouse Cinemas screen a Harry Potter movie, progressing through the series week by week. Currently, they’re on the fifth movie, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

Experiencing the films at Roadhouse Cinemas is something special. When I first delved into the books, I wasn’t old enough to watch the movies in theaters, with the exception of the final two. Now, watching them on the big screen is both a nostalgic journey and a fresh adventure.

The Roadhouse experience is unparalleled, with affordable $5-10 tickets and cozy theaters with reclining seats equipped with heating and cooling features. Their extensive drink and food menu includes offerings like Moscow mules, gelato, and truffle fries delivered right to your seat. Best of all, for this marathon, they’ve introduced a Harry Potter-themed menu featuring treats like butterbeer popcorn and a unicorn blood cocktail.

The crowd at these marathons is diverse and enthusiastic. You’ll find millennials with their kids dressed in wizarding attire, elderly viewers laughing at every magical moment, and folks like me grinning from ear to ear. While I’ve managed to rally some friends to join me, I initially attended the first two screenings alone. And believe me, it was no less thrilling. The shared love for the series in the room is palpable.

There’s a unique charm in visiting theaters during fall by snuggling in with a heartwarming movie. To fellow Harry Potter enthusiasts wishing to embark on this cinematic journey, either with friends or solo, I advise purchasing your tickets in advance. And don’t forget to indulge in a generous serving of butterbeer popcorn.

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